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Neighborhood Links

No, this is not a list of neighborhood golf courses. This is a list of web sites that may be of interest to residents of Charlestown, in addition to the links to "native" Charlestown organizations listed on our Charlestown Organizations page. Don't hesitate to contact us with suggested additions. We have grouped these links (somewhat arbitrarily) as follows:
See also: Charlestown Organizations for a list of links to Charlestown-specific organizations.

Area Township and Borough Sites
Most of our neighborhood townships and boroughs have their own web sites, which are listed below. Some of the links are "official" web sites, others are similar to this web site in that they are unofficial sites created by residents.
Avondale Borough
Caln Township
Charlestown Township (Official Site)
East Pikeland Township
East Whiteland Township
Easttown Township
Malvern Borough
Phoenixville Borough
Schuylkill Township
Tredyffrin Township
Upper Uwchlan Township
Uwchlan Township
West Brandwyine Township
West Pikeland Township
West Vincent Township
West Whiteland Township
Willistown Township

Other Government and Civic Links
Chester County Government
This site provides well organized information about all administrative projects of Chester County.

Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau
This site provides information of special interest to those visiting or new to Chester County as a resident or employee. While the emphasis is on the Brandywine Valley, the site has a lot of information of interest to residents in all parts of the county.

Chester County Association of Township Officials
This site provides links to a wide variety of information about Chester County townships and their governments.

Chester County Library
The Chester County Library's home page provides access to information about the county library, including its collections, branches, upcoming events and special programs. A calendar of upcoming events and programs is available here. For the Phoenixville Library, click here.

Chester County Solid Waste Authority
Established by the Chester County Commissioners in 1984, the CCSWA owns and operates the Lanchester Sanitary Landfill in Honey Brook. The site includes information on Hazardous Waste Disposal and other aspects of waste disposal at Lanchester.

East Whiteland Fire Company
This site provides a great deal of information about the East Whiteland Fire Company, which covers a significant portion of Charlestown Township (see our fire company zone map in our General Info section by clicking here.)

Kimberton Fire Company
This site provides a great deal of information about the Kimberton Fire Company, which covers a significant portion of Charlestown Township (see our fire company zone map in our General Info section by clicking here.)

Landscapes (now Landscapes2) is an award winning program of the Chester County Planning Commission aimed at bringing growth and preservation together for Chester County. This comprehensive and influential program is into its second decade guiding municipalities, developers, preservationists, and many others in setting priorities for where and how our County grows including both how to revitalize our urban centers and small towns and how best to protect our natural, rural, and historic heritage. For much more on Landscapes2, click here.

Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
This is a comprehensive web site covering all projects and programs of the state's Department of Environmental Protection.

PennDOT Info for SE PA
Comprehensive information on PennDOT activities (including construction projects) in our area.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike
All sorts of information about the PA Turnpike ("America's First Superhighway", including construction projects.

Phoenixville Fire Company
This is the official web site for the Phoenixville Fire Company.

Phoenixville Public Library
This is the official web site for the Phoenixville Library, part of the Chester County Library System.

SPCA of Chester County
This site provides information about the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Transportation Management Association of Chester County
This site has all kinds of current information about commuting and traffic issues in Chester County, including public transit, highway construction schedules, current detours, and organizations associated with local transportation.

Valley Forge Sewer Authority
The VFSA Mission is to protect the public health and preserve the environment by collecting wastewater from within our service area, processing it, and returning treated wastewater and its by-products to the environment in compliance with regulatory standards. Charlestown is one of the township members of this authority.

Historic and Preservation Links
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
Located at the Brandywine Airport in West Chester, this museum is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of historic rotorcraft. With the help of the renowned National Air & Space Museum in nearby Washington, D.C., as well as the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and corporate sponsors, the new American Helicopter Museum forms a historic centerpiece for the rotorcraft industry--showcasing the aircraft, technology, and milestone contributions of rotary-wing flight to this nation's aviation heritage.

The Mill at Anselma
Located off Route 401 in Chester Springs, the Mill at Anselma was constructed in c. 1747 by Samuel Lightfoot. The Mill retains its original Colonial-Era power train, as well as multiple layers of industrial equipment ranging from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s.

Chester County Historical Society
Located in West Chester, the Chester County Historical Society has many resources associated with the history of our county, including exhibits, a library, photography collections, genealogy information, and other areas of interest.

Eastern PA Water Pollution Control Operators Assoc.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association (EPWPCOA) is a non-profit association whose members are actively involved in protecting the water environment through their profession. This site covers many projects of water preservation in our area.

Great Valley Nature Center
The GV Nature Center, located in Charlestown at Rt 29 and Hollow Road, was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organization dedicated to provide quality environmental education for school children, organized groups, and the general public. GVNC programs reach over 30,000 school children a year.

Green Valleys Association
The Green Valleys Association is a nonprofit environmental organization located in northern Chester County.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This site describes everything there is to know about the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, located on Locust Street in Philadelphia.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area
The official web site of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, a great neighborhood resource.

Historic Yellow Springs
Historic Yellow Springs is a very active organization with a lively calendar of events and many educational programs. The annual Yellow Springs Art Show is a major area event, as is the annual Craft Festival. This organization has an extensive photographic library and other historical resources of interest and value to Charlestown residents.

Natural Lands Trust
Natural Lands Trust works to preserve the beauty of our region by working with townships, communities and other conservation groups to preserve our remaining open space.

Pennsylvania Turnpike History
You will be surprised by this web site. Many of us view the PA Turnpike as an ugly gash through our Township, though we do not hesitate to use it when it suits our purpose. This web site not only provides information about the Turnpike as it exists today, but includes a fascinating, in depth history of "America's First Superhighway". Formally begun in 1937, when the Turnpike Commission was created, the highway's early years are fully described including some old photographs and post cards.

Phoenix Iron Canal & Trails Association
PICTA has been working in the Boro since 1989 to promote the Phoenixville Greenway, a ten mile trail system along the Schuylkill River and French Creek. PICTA also partners in the Black Rock Preserve, the 44 acre bird sanctuary being built by the County in the old coal de-silting basin along Rt. 113 in the Boro's "loop". Their web site, which includes a map of the trail system, provides information about the organization and its projects.

Schuylkill Canal Association
This site provides a comprehensive look at one of the most ambitious historical renovation projects in the area, the restoration of Lock #60, just across the Rt. 29 bridge from Phoenixville. The site includes the history of the Schuylkill Canal, schedules of events and information about the association.

Schuylkill River
This site gives you access a great deal of information about the river and the land through which it passes.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
This site provides information about the park and the surrounding area.

Education Links
Charlestown Farm Center
The Farm Center helps organize educational events at Broadwater Farm and Charlestown Cooperative Farm and at the Phoenixville Farmers' Market.

Charlestown Township Elementary School
Part of the Great Valley School District's web site, this section has the Charlestown Elementary School's schedule, teacher and PTO information.

Chester County Intermediate Unit
This is a very comprehensive site covering all projects of the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Delaware County Community College
DCCC, with sevices at their Exton Center and Downingtown Campus, offers credit and non-credit programs as well as associate degees and certificates.

Great Valley Middle School
This is a comprehensive site sponsored and maintained by students and faculty at the Great Valley Middle School.

Great Valley School District
This site, many parts of which are still under construction, covers the Great Valley High School, General Wayne Middle School, and the district's elementary schools. It also provides neighborhood links, maps and historical background.

Penn State Great Valley
The Great Valley campus of Penn State University offers graduate degrees and professional development programs for working professionals. Their web site describes their many offerings and has information on all aspects of the University's campus at Rt. 202 and Rt. 29. Scheduled lectures and presentations are shown on News and Events page which is here.

Valley Forge Christian College
Valley Forge Christian College is a regionally accredited Christian college of Arts, Sciences, and Professions on a beautiful 106-acre Chester County campus, with 24 undergraduate majors and 2 graduate programs taught by dedicated professors all committed to the VFCC mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and the world.

Local Newspapers with Web Sites

Recreation Links
Charlestown Twp Area Children Activities
We have our own page listing activities for children in our area including sports, horseback riding, summer camps, and local facilities for hosting birthday parties for children.

Colonial Theatre
Originally built in 1903 on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, the Colonial Theatre is being completely renovated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre. The theater shows first run movies at low cost (even less expensive for ACT members) in a 50's atmosphere, but with modern projection equipment, and also has a Saturday childrens program.

Fishing License Issuing Agents in Chester County
A list of establishments and offices in Chester County where fishing licenses may be purchased.

Forge Theater  (Phoenixville)  
This site describes the history of the Forge Theater as well as upcoming performances and auditions.

Horse-Shoe Trail
This link takes you to information about the Horse-Shoe Trail in general as it passes through Pennsylvania, as well as more detailed information on the trail's passage through Charlestown Township.

Marsh Creek State Park
This site provides general park information as well as descriptions of recreational opportunities and a brief history of the Marsh Creek State Park.

Phoenixville News, Events and Other Info
Phoenixville-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Check it out.

Miscellaneous Links
Broadwater Farm
Located just north of the village and with a long border along Charlestown Road opposite the Fisher Farm, Broadwater Farm is closely linked to both the Charlestown Cooperative Farm and the Phoenixville Farmers' Market.

Charlestown Cooperative Farm
Charlestown Cooperative Farm is a nonprofit, CSA or Community Supported Agricultural farm. It is located on Charlestown Road between Phoenixville and Malvern in Charlestown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Under the care and management of experienced farmers Aimee Kocis and John Good, this new and exciting venture offers produce grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified seed of any kind.

Charlestown Farm Center
The Farm Center helps organize educational events at Broadwater Farm and Charlestown Cooperative Farm and at the Phoenixville Farmers' Market.

Chester County Links
This site is an excellent ongoing project to index all web sites related to Chester County. It's organized by both "Area" (municipality) and "Topic" and is well cross-referenced.

Create A Scene Inc.
This is Charlestown Township resident Michael Bowell's business site for his garden and greenhouse on Bodine Road.

Newcomers of Great Valley
This organization welcomes new residents of the Great Valley school district, helping newcomers learn about their new neighborhoods and meeting other new residents. A wide range of socials, luncheons, workshops and activities groups are open to their members. They also serve new residents in the Tredyffrin-Easttown school district.

Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable's home page. Enter your zip code for channel line-up and services, etc.

2010 Census Data
U.S. Census Bureau Official Statistics for Pennsylvania

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